Earl Sidney Weaver (August 14, 1930 - January 19, 2013) struggled to make the big clubs as a player, never spending time at the Major League level, but was one of the most successful managers of his time. Weaver spent his entire big league managerial career with the Baltimore Orioles (1968-1982, 1985-1986). Weaver struggled as a second baseman with the Cardinals and Pirates organizations before taking over the helm of the unaffiliated Knoxville Smokies if the Southern League in 1956. During his 11-1/2 years as a minor league skipper, Earl compiled a career record of 841-697, winning three championships. After taking over the duties in Baltimore, from 1968-1982, Weaver’s Orioles finished first or second in thirteen of seventeen seasons, won the American League pennant four times and won the 1970 World Series over the Cincinnati Reds. Weaver had the pleasure of managing Hall of Famers like Brooks and Frank Robinson and Jim Palmer as well as pitchers Mike Cuellar and Dave McNally, and position players Boog Powell, Davey Johnson and Don Buford. Earl led the Orioles to five 100-win seasons from 1969-1971 and 1979-1980. Earl Weaver retired from managing with a record of 1,480-1,060 in 2541 games. The Veterans Committee elected Earl Sidney Weaver to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996.